Miami Beach water/sewer bill to increase approximately 2%

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach water/sewer bill to increase approximately 2%:

County Pass through charges reflect decrease in water, increase in sewer fees

The overall water/sewer bill in Miami Beach will increase approximately 2% with the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1 due to increases in the Consumer Price Index and one County pass-through charge. City Manager Jimmy Morales notified Commissioners in a letter last week that the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department (WASD) will increase its wholesale sanitary sewer charge 3.29% but decrease the wholesale water charge 4.11%. Meanwhile, a CPI increase of 2.2% gets added to the Base Facility and Consumption Charges. Net net: Miami Beach consumers can expect to pay about 1.8% more.
The base facility charge is the minimum monthly service charge while the consumption charge is based on metered use. The wholesale purchase charges from WASD are what the City passes through to recover its costs.
In a comparison between fiscal year 2019 and 2020, Morales used an illustration of a single-family residential home with a ¾” water meter consuming 7,000 gallons per month (below).
“The sample bill in fiscal year 2019 of $106.75 is approximately the same as compared to fiscal year 2020 which totals $108.68,” Morales wrote. The $1.93 monthly represents a 1.8% increase overall. 
Sample Water Bill FY 19 FY 20
Base Facility Charge $ 8.32 $ 8.50
Consumption Charge 6.70 6.85
WASD Pass-Through 13.75 13.15
Monthly Charge for Water Consumption  
Sample Sanitary Sewer Bill FY 19 FY 20
Base Facility Charge $ 8.99 $ 9.19
Consumption Charge 31.73 32.43
WASD Pass-Through 37.26 38.56
Monthly Charge for Water Consumption  

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